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Crews Work To Contain Wildfire Near Tyonek

State fire crews are scrambling to contain a wildfire near Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet.

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May 19, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Anchorage School District releases proposed budget amendments

The Anchorage School District released their suggestions for adjusting next year’s budget on Friday. Under the superintendent’s proposal, the district would cut 57 classroom teachers instead of 143. The proposal does not add back in more than 48 support staff positions that were cut in the initial budget.

May 16, 2014 - 3:54 pm
(Copyright Bill Benish. Taken on Feb. 28, 2009 in Bronx, New York City)

AK: 2014 Rusty Blackbird Blitz

Rusty Blackbirds are beginning to show up in Alaska for their annual migration to breeding grounds in our boreal wetlands. But researchers are worried that the once abundant bird is disappearing, and they don’t know why.

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May 16, 2014 - 3:07 pm
East High graduates celebrate after flipping their tassels.

East High grads reflect on diversity

Seniors from most of Anchorage’s high schools are graduating this week and next. The district’s high schools rank among the most diverse in the nation. East high tops that list with more than 2000 kids from every corner of the world. Grads spoke about how all that diversity affected their education.

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May 14, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Borough Passes Lower Mill Rate, Okays 2015 Budget

Efforts to maintain a congenial atmosphere during budget deliberations paid off on Thursday evening, as the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly approved the Borough’s 2015 fiscal plan with minimum debate.

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May 9, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Anchorage transportation plan to hold steady on money for bike routes

The city will not be increasing the $11.8 million they plan to use for non-motorized transport projects in the 2015 to 2018 Transportation Improvement Program. The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions advisory committee took comments on the plan on Thursday. A dozen people spoke in favor of increasing the money used to mark bike lanes and improve the trail system.

May 9, 2014 - 11:06 am
Kids learn something new during Bike to School Day

Kids learn something new during Bike to School Day

Students from Lake Otis Elementary spoke about their first experiences biking to school and the lessons they learned on the way.

May 7, 2014 - 5:05 pm
UAA, Willamette University Partner To Offer New Law School Opportunity

UAA, Willamette University Partner To Offer New Law School Opportunity

There isn’t a law school in Alaska, but the University of Alaska Anchorage is launching a new program to make it easier for Alaskans to attend law school. It’s a partnership with Willamette University College of Law in Oregon.

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May 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Few Turnout For Borough Budget Hearing

The last in a series of budget public hearings hosted by the Matanuska Susitna Borough brought out few people in Palmer on Monday evening. The budget comes up for discussion before the Borough Assembly on Wednesday, May 7.

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May 7, 2014 - 2:10 pm
(Photo courtesy Matanuska-Susitna Borough)

Borough School Honors Redington, Sr.

Ground was broken Tuesday for the first new school to be constructed in more than a decade in the Matanuska Susitna Borough. The new Joe Reddington, Senior school is located near the original homestead of the father of the Iditarod.

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May 7, 2014 - 11:12 am
(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Alaska Airlines Center Adds New Dining Option

With around four months left until it’s slated to open, the University of Alaska Anchorage is tweaking the design of its new sports complex.

The university has decided to add a new restaurant in an effort to draw in the surrounding community.

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May 5, 2014 - 4:05 pm

UAA Students Cope With Finals Week

It’s finals week at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and that means many students are crunching a very large amount of work into a very short amount of time. An Anchorage woman has found a creative way to help students beat the stress of the week.

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April 30, 2014 - 5:27 pm
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Forestry Trainees Brush Up On Essential Fire Suppression Skills

It’s only April, and already a dozen brush fires have erupted in the Matanuska Susitna area. State foresters are looking ahead to a busy fire season, and fire suppression trainees are brushing up on essential skills – including driving the fire truck.

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April 28, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Survey Finds Mat-Su Residents Want To Maintain Rural Profile

A survey sponsored by the Nature Conservancy indicates that Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents want to maintain a rural profile a quarter of a century from now. The Institute of Social and Economic Research collected the data used in the survey. The results were released last week.

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April 23, 2014 - 5:48 pm

APD Implements New Crime-Tracking Systems

The Anchorage Police Department is using two new systems to communicate with the public about crimes in the city. One is a crime mapping system and the other allows city residents to receive messages directly from the department.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Mat Su Borough FY 15 Budget Outlook

This week, the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly got a preview of the Borough’s preliminary FY 15 fiscal plan. This year’s budget outlook indicates that some cost cutting may have to be done before the Borough Assembly makes a decision on the final spending package.

April 17, 2014 - 11:13 am

MEA Official Accuses Anchorage Assembly Of Misusing City Funds

A Matanuska Electric Association official charges that the Anchorage Municipal Assembly is spending city funds on private interests. Joe Griffith, MEA’s executive director, has contacted Anchorage officials with concerns that city money is being spent on one Assemblyman’s legal fight against a power station upgrade.

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April 15, 2014 - 5:36 pm

HB23 Would Allow Public Financing Of KABATA

With a 16-4 vote on Saturday, the state Senate approved House Bill 23, allowing public financing of the Knik Arm Crossing. The approval moves the $892 million project forward by updating the project’s financial model. The bill allows funding for the bridge to come from three public entities: one third from bonds, one third from National Highway System funds, and the final third from federal loans.

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April 14, 2014 - 6:36 pm

HAARP Research Facility To Shut Down

Gakona’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, better known as HAARP, is slated for the junkpile. But a group of University of Alaska researchers are trying to stave off a Department of Defense move to scuttle the often – misunderstood scientific facility.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:38 pm

FEMA Head Meets With Mat Su Officials

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate met with Matanuska Susitna Borough officials on Friday, April 4, to discuss changes in federal emergency assistance legislation. Those changes could smooth the flow of reimbursment dollars to the Borough for local emergency response and to homeowners who suffered flood damages in the fall of 2012

April 10, 2014 - 11:47 am